UCLA Marching band will be performing at Tall Ships LA on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10 am to noon.
The UCLA Bruin Marching Band performs at the Rose Bowl for home games before crowds as large as 100,000 people. Pregame shows by the Band build crowd energy and enthusiasm with UCLA favorites “Strike Up the Band”, “Sons of Westwood” and “The Mighty Bruins”. Throughout the game, this lively group of students keeps spirits high with rock and pop hits and Bruin “eight claps”. When the halftime whistle blows, the Marching Band rolls onto the field to entertain the audience with a smooth, symphonic fusion of sound, movement and color. No one does it better than the Solid Gold Sound of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.
The Band travels to the San Francisco Bay area each fall for either the Stanford or Cal game, and has taken regular season trips to Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas, Miami, Ohio State, Colorado, Illinois, Washington, Tennessee, Arizona, and Arizona State. Appearances at major bowls have taken the Band to the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, the Aloha Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Emerald Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Sun Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl.
“The Solid Gold Sound”
On February 23, 2014, 200 members of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band appeared in the opening segment of “The Amazing Race” Season 24 premiere episode. In addition to performing the show’s theme song, the band members played an integral role in the contestants’ first challenge.
On May 3, 2013, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band opened for The Rolling Stones’ “50 & Counting Tour” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fifty-four members of the Band surprised the audience of 19,000 by marching into the arena playing a version of “Satisfaction” that was called “remarkably funky” in a Rolling Stone Magazine review of the concert.
In 1969, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band became the first college marching band to perform on stage during the television broadcast of the Academy Awards Show. The Band played “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” which had been nominated for Best Song.
Film appearances for the Band, either on screen or on the soundtrack, include Elmer Gantry (1960), Hello Dolly (1969), To Be Or Not To Be (1983), In the Line of Fire (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Jingle All the Way (1996), The Waterboy (1998), Road Trip (2000), Don’t Say A Word (2001), First Daughter (2004), Click (2006), 500 Days of Summer (2009), and Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Television appearances for the Band have included The New Steve Allen Show (1961), Here’s Lucy (1971), The Gong Show (1977), Private Benjamin (1981), The Love Boat (1982), Hollywood Squares (1988), Hull High (1990), Jeopardy (1990), E-Ring (2005), The CBS Early Show (2007), NBC’s Today Show (2007) and the Super Bowl Pregame Show (2008). The Band has also appeared in television commercials for Macy’s, FedEx, Pepsi, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Honda.
Recent international trips for the Band have included the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Night Parade in 2006 and 2008, and the Ekitopia Festival Parade in Nagoya, Japan in 2010.
The UCLA Bruin Marching Band was the 1993 recipient of the Louis B. Sudler Trophy, which is presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in recognition of the band’s tradition of excellence and innovation. UCLA is the first band on the West Coast to receive this award.
The UCLA Bruin Marching Band has over 260 members. More than 40 different majors are represented in the Band.
The first director of the UCLA Marching Band was Benjamin Laietsky, a violinist who was a former member of the John Philip Sousa Band. Professor Gordon Henderson is currently in his 32nd year as director, and he also serves as Director of Bands and Vice Chair of the Department of Music.
One of the Band’s fight songs, “The Mighty Bruins,” was composed in 1984 by Academy Award winning composer Bill Conti.
The 736-member All American Marching Band that performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics included 125 UCLA band members, more than any other band in the country.
UCLA Band Website